of two straight and six of seven, Georgia State will look to continue its streak
facing UNCW on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. from Trask Coliseum in Wilmington,
N.C. The Panthers have been outscoring opponents by more than nine points per
game and hitting nearly 10 three-pointers per game during the stretch.
(12-12, 7-4 CAA) got a record setting performance from R.J. Hunter, a
Freshman All-America candidate on Saturday afternoon in its 20-point win over
Old Dominion. Hunter set a career-high with 38 points, the seventh most in GSU
history, hitting 10 three-pointers, most in GSU history and tied for the most
in CAA history.
performance, he was named the Lou Henson National Player of the Week along with
CAA Player and Rookie of the Week, the first time a freshman won both awards
since Drexel’s Chris Fouch accomplished it on Feb. 8, 2010.
“Our team is
playing with a ton of confidence right now and the basket looks twice the size
for some of our guys,” commented head coach Ron Hunter. “As special as R.J.’s
game was on Saturday, Manny Atkins just missed a double-double, Devonta had a
career-high eight assists and Rashaad Richardson came away with five steals. It
just shows how good our entire team is playing right now.”
game can be heard live on WRAS-FM 88.5 beginning with the Panther Pregame Show
at 6:30 p.m. with the ‘Voice of the Panthers’ Dave Cohen calling the action.
Live stats and live video will be available at GeorgiaStateSports.com.
As Hunter mentioned, during the
Panthers winning stretch, it has been a true team effort. R.J. Hunter, who has
earned rookie of the week honors in each of the last two weeks, is averaging
20.7 points and 4.6 rebounds during the stretch, shooting 46.9 percent from the
floor and has made 23 three-pointers.
Redshirt-junior Manny Atkins is averaging 16.1 points and
6.4 rebounds per game, shooting 45.5 percent from three-point range and 97.0
percent from the free throw line, while dishing out 19 assists in those seven
games. Junior Devonta White has chipped in 13.4 points per game during the run,
dishing out 5.3 assists per game, including a career-high eight against ODU.
Rashaad Richardson is adding 9.7 points per game,
shooting 47.2 percent from the floor. Freshman Markus Crider is adding 4.6
points and 4.6 rebounds per game, including a career-high 10 against UNCW, while
shooting 61.9 percent from the floor. Senior James Vincent has also stepped up,
collecting 5.4 rebounds in the stretch.
“When you have a lot of talented players come together as
a team and play with confidence, they can be hard to beat,” continued Hunter.
“I like the way we are playing right now, but we have to stay within ourselves
and continue to take it one game at a time if we want to reach out goals.”
Hunter, the leading candidate for CAA Rookie of the Year and in contention for
CAA Player of the Year and All-CAA First Team honors, continues to lead all CAA
freshmen in scoring and rebounding and is one of just five freshmen in the
country averaging at least 17.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.
who was named CAA Rookie of the Week for a sixth time on Monday while
collecting his first CAA Player of the Week, is averaging the most points of
any CAA freshmen since the 1999-2000 season. He is also on pace to score the
most points of any GSU freshmen ever. With seven games remaining, he has scored
416 points and is just 99 points shy Matt O’Brien’s 1989-90 mark of 515.
R.J. Hunter, the
only son of head coach Ron Hunter is averaging a team-high 17.3 points per
game, fifth in the CAA and 70th in the nation, to go along with 5.5
rebounds per game, tied for the 15th best mark in the conference. He is also
collecting 2.4 three-pointers per game, fourth best in the league and shooting
37.2 percent from beyond the arc, also fourth in the conference.
Hunter is also among
the CAA leaders in free throw percentage, steals, blocked shots and defensive
Junior point guard Devonta White, who earned Preseason
All-CAA Second Team honors before the season and was also named to the Bob Cousy
Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award Watch
List by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, is fourth in the CAA in
minutes played (35.9) and tied for fifth in steals per game, averaging 1.7 per
White is second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.0
points per game, 11th in the CAA, while dishing out 3.8 assists, fourth in the
league. The junior has dished out 50 assists in his last nine games, including
three games of at least seven assists.
One of three team captains, White, who missed 10 games during his
freshman season due to an injury, is just 123 points away from becoming the 17th
Panther with 1,000 career points. He is just off pace to eclipse that mark by
the end of the year, needing to average 17.6 points per game in the remaining
regular season contests.
Redshirt-junior Manny Atkins fell just short of another double-double against Old Dominion on
Saturday, scoring 16 points and grabbing nine rebounds. He has missed four
double-doubles this season by just one rebound and another four double-doubles
by just two rebounds. Atkins collected his first double-double of the season at
Drexel on Jan. 26.
He has been nearly
unstoppable from the free throw line in conference play, making 39-of-42, a
92.9 percentage, the best mark in the league. He is shooting 85.0 percent from
the line for the season, the second best mark in the CAA.
From nearby Tucker, Ga., the Virginia Tech transfer is averaging 13.9
points and 6.3 rebounds per game this season, both 12th in the CAA.
He leads the CAA in three-point field goal percentage, hitting 42.2 percent
from beyond the arc and is sixth in the CAA making 1.8 three-pointers per game.
Lone senior James Vincent played
in his 110th game on Saturday to stand along in tenth in GSU history. He is third
on GSU’s all-time blocked shots list with 119 and his 57 blocked shots this
season are the fourth most in a single season in GSU history.
He is leading the CAA
averaging 2.4 blocked shots per game, which also ranks 32nd in the
NCAA this year.
UNCW (8-14, 3-7 CAA) is led
by All-CAA honoree Keith Rendelman who is averaging 15.8 points and 10.3
rebounds per game. Chris Dixon is second on the team in scoring, averaging 9.4
points per game and has a team high 49 assists.
The Seahawks have lost three
straight following an 81-68 loss to Towson on Monday night. The Panthers
defeated UNCW earlier this season in the Sports Arena, 81-63 en route to their
fifth straight win in the series.
Panthers will return home to face Towson at Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Sports Arena.
It will be Alumni Day as all former Georgia State players are encouraged to
come back to campus as the Panthers take on the Tigers.